Two men were found guilty of an armed robbery and kidnapping following a trial this week at the Greenwood County Courthouse.
A guilty verdict was returned at about 8 p.m. Thursday night on Corey Brown for armed robbery, kidnapping and conspiracy to commit grand larceny and Christopher Johnson for kidnapping and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. Circuit Judge Eugene Griffith sentenced Brown to 25 years in prison, 85 percent of which must be served before Brown can be considered for parole. Johnson’s sentence was sealed by the court because he was tried in his absence. Johnson did not appear for court on Monday and a bench warrant was issued Wednesday.
Brown and Johnson were two of four men who came from Augusta to steal a car. The group went to Deerfield Apartments to steal a vehicle and kidnapped the owner of the vehicle at gunpoint. The group then went to the Hot Spot convenience store on U.S. 25 S. where the victim was able to escape the clutches of his captors and run inside the store.
“Hopefully these convictions will send yet another message to those who amuse themselves by committing horrific crimes upon hard working and productive citizens like the young man who was victimized in this case,” said Eighth Circuit Solicitor David Stumbo. “It will not be tolerated and we will continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Violent Crime Task Force to meet force with force when it comes to dealing with the most dangerous criminals on our streets.”